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Lake Tahoe

20180812_123327-panoThis post has been long overdue. Lake Tahoe is one of the most magical places I’ve been to. It’s got amazing views, great beaches and scenic drives. We started our drive from San Francisco. The landscape changed as we drove further up north towards the mountains. I was planning to doze off a bit since we left so early but I couldn’t keep my eyes off the beautiful views. Halfway through our drive, we passed by a small town in El Dorado Hills, where we came across a great brunch spot called Milestone Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. I highly recommend the  Chicken Fried Steak! From there onwards, we passed by Eldorado National Forest as we made our way up the mountain. The views were unreal!

We decided to stay at the south side of the lake, as we felt like it had quick access to some of the regions best attractions (more on than later).  We stayed at the 7 Seas Inn,  a cute bed and breakfast run by a lovely family.

By  the time we finally unpacked and settled, we were approaching sunset. The host recommended we check out Secret Cove/Chimney Beach  on the east (Nevada) side of the lake. In order to get there we had to go through the Chimney Beach trail, which is where we started to experience the true beauty of the region. It’s much more beautiful than the pictures. The fresh air, sound of the waves and zero noise pollution. This was a perfect spot for a retreat. The sunset was beautiful!


d5a79c1e-e434-4ca6-935e-f348a1af1530To end the first night, we ended up at Lake Tahoe AleWorXwhich had the best pizza and beer on tap. They also had these fire pits with smoldering glass and great live music. I still dream about this perfect night! ☺

The next day we decided to drive and hike along the lake and we did our research before so of course, the first stop was Emerald Bay. The drive up was a bit scary for me, but OMG, the view was incredible!!! I am not exaggerating but mountains + bay+ pine trees+water= THE MOST beautiful view ever!



The pictures don’t do justice to it. If you only are passing by or have limited time in Tahoe, then Emerald Bay is the number one spot! I don’t think you will ever forget this view.


Once you park and get off, the hike down is worth it, with a cute little beach to take in the view of the bay.  We wanted to kayak to the little island in the middle, unfortunately, there were long lines and so that didn’t happen. You can book in advance though, so make sure to do so if you end up there!


We decided to move forward with exploring the other parts of the lake. Next stop was Meeks Bay, which is hands down the nicest beach in all of Lake Tahoe. The water was crystal clear with great views of the mountains in the background. We stayed here for a couple of hours, and soaked up the sun and the picturesque beach.


By this time, we were pretty much starving and so we headed to Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodgewhere we ordered the most delicious Zucchini fries and burgers, of course, again with a lovely view of the water! (the people who live here are soooo lucky!)


Next day, we headed towards the beach by Ski Run Boulevard and kayaked for a bit, then went to Basecamp Pizza. If you are here, you have to try the spicy Thai curry pizza. As weird as it sounds, it’s super tasty! I feel like Lake Tahoe in general just has great pizza joints!  We also stopped by Glen Alpine falls, but sadly, there wasn’t enough water as it was summer (didn’t think about it). I imagine It’s beautiful during spring time.


I love nature and after visiting Lake Tahoe, I have to say that it’s a must see. It’s relaxing, perfect for hiking and so stunning. Moreover, it’s the perfect getaway. I highly recommend the south and west side of the lake. We briefly passed by the north, but didn’t really notice anything that stood out when compared to the other areas.

I plan on visiting this place again during the winter, as I feel like it’ll be just as pretty with snow and equally as packed during the skiing season.

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Vermont Foliage – Road Trip

My most favorite seasons are fall and spring. The crisp air of the fall season after a hot summer and the calming feeling of spring- cute little buds on the trees everywhere, ready to blossom. I planned this fall foliage trip a month ahead and honestly, just a week before the trip I wasn’t sure if I will be able to see the foliage, constantly checking foliage reports because of the ever-changing weather in the Northeast.

Our first stop along Route 4 was the Quechee Gorge (pronounced as kwee-chee). Known as ‘Grand Canyon of Vermont’, it’s 145 feet deep and is the state’s deepest gorge. The site was breathtaking with hiking trails nearby as well as a cute café with possibly the best hot apple cider I have ever had. After a quick stop, we went up to Stowe through Route 100 and stopped by to take pictures along the way.



Stowe was the place to be, to see the spectacular colors and the vast landscape. We took a gondola and went up the hill. The ride up offers the most immersive view of the mountain with the different colors spread across its hills. In winter, skiers use these to access the different skiing slopes that Stowe offers and I am sure the views are incredible when everything is covered in a sheet of snow. The gondola ride was a lot of fun. It was foggy at the top of the hill but the view was simply breathtaking!



From Stowe, we stopped by for lunch at Idletyme Brewery.  I suggest making reservations ahead of time, as most of the restaurants in Stowe were packed with tourists. After the lunch, I had to stop for a quick coffee, and stumbled across this super cute café called Stowe BeeBakery and Café. They had good coffee as well as delicious pastries. I got the Twix bar which was a bit pricey for a small piece but it literally melts in your mouth.


Our hotel was in Burlington, so we decided to take the scenic Route 108 through Smuggler’s Notch to Burlington.


After checking in, we decided to explore Burlington. It is located South of the Canadian Border and on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain. The city was very lively on the weekend and we walked around checking out the different attractions the city had to offer. It was bustling with tourists, even with the chilly weather that night. For dinner we decided to go to American Flatbread Burlington Heath. They have the most amazing salads and flatbreads. The interior is cozy and perfect after a long day outdoors.


The next day, we stopped by at Lake Chaplain. Shelburne Bay was the most scenic of the lake’s views with easy parking access. We then took Route 7 on the way back. This was a scenic route with farms along both sides and glimpses of the lake as you make your way south.



There are plenty of small towns to stop by on this route to grab any Vermont products or souvenirs. I picked up some maple syrup and coffee beans from the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.



It was super chilly by this time so made a quick stop at Lake Dunham. The best thing about Vermont is that you get to see the beautiful foliage and all the incredible views while driving.  On the way down, we stopped in small town in Brandon to grab coffee at Gourmet Provence, a French bakery. If you are in the area, the have freshly baked breakfast pastries, Vermont specialty products, as well as imported vinegars and organic pastas. The Chocolate Decadent cookie was delish! From there, the GPS unexpectedly guided us through Route 73, which ended up being a very beautiful route through the green mountains with its trees showcasing every stage of foliage. The fog for some of the route had a great atmospheric effect, making it one of the most memorable routes of the trip.



I highly recommend Vermont for mesmerizing and memorable views of the foliage. On our way up we passed by some great patches of foliage in the northern parts of New Hampshire, which I plan on checking out next year.